Keep Your Salt Lake City Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank Published on August 10, 2015 When it comes to the Salt Lake City climate, it can be tough to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to try and lower that number, it might be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to talk through a potential upgrade for your home’s air conditioning system. In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.” Some of the savings will vary depending on the age of the air conditioner, but in general, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological advancements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient. Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners may help take a chunk out of your energy bill, but don’t diminish the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also remind us that cleaning and changing air filters can greatly improve the performance of your air conditioner. Also cited as vital keys to keeping your home cool without costing a lot:Add insulation to your atticMake sure your home is well-sealedSeal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going to the correct areasSet your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees CelsiusClose vents in rooms that are unusedUse a ceiling fan in the room you are in Whether you’re hoping to set up air conditioner service or want to hear more about your replacement air conditioner choices, give the team at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 801-871-8425 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.